1 After this introduction [part two coming next] we will try pulling the creed apart a bit in various articles, to see what is there. This series, however, is not intended to get into deep discussion on each doctrinal point – that may come later when more space can be given to each subject. The intention here is to offer some background about the whole business of creeds. Try to look up things that are mentioned in the footnotes too… it’s all there for your interest and for the expansion of our knowledge and understanding
2 The Latin “credo” means “I believe”
3 An odd state of affairs. If you are West Yorkshire Police, your “Mission Statement” is an agreed text on an office wall – you don’t have a lot of different versions of such statements in most organisations!
4 The “Apostles’ Creed”, the “Nicene Creed” and the “Athanasian Creed”
5 See the Book of Common Prayer, towards the back – and note “His Majesty’s declaration” about the articles, in which he says the articles “do contain the true doctrine of the Church of England”. Given that the BCP is still legally one of the summaries of our Anglican position, how long is it since you read the articles for yourself?
6 See School of Faith paper C2
7 There is a legend that the Apostles wrote it together – but there is no evidence that it has any such origin. It got its title around 390AD
8 So called because its origins stem from debates at the Council of Nicaea in 325AD. It rapidly became the creed most commonly used at Holy Communion – and this is the one we say on Sundays at Communion services
9 You will find it in the Book of Common Prayer, after Evening Prayer”, entitled “At Morning Prayer”, with the subheading of the two Latin words which start it in its Latin version “Quicunque vult”. We never use this at church here.
10 It is long, complicated, theologically argued and, in places [verses 2 and 42] contains condemnatory sentences which offend many